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Spurs lodges appeal over Haringey’s failure to decide on homes plan

F3 Architects' proposals for Spurs' Goods Yard scheme
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Tottenham Hotspur FC has launched an appeal over Haringey Council’s failure to make a decision on its proposals to build homes on a site next to its north London stadium

The football club submitted an application in January, drawn up by F3 Architects, to develop the parcel of land near its £800 million White Hart Lane stadium.

The proposals include 330 homes alongside retail, office space and a revamped public square as well as plans to refurbish the locally listed Station Master’s House and turn it into a café.

But Haringey has still not made a decision on the project, dubbed the Goods Yard, prompting the club to lodge an appeal with the planning inspectorate on grounds of ‘non-determination’.

To make the picture more complex, the plot, officially 44-52 White Hart Lane, also features in a rival planning application for Lendlease’s High Road West scheme, drawn up by architect Studio Egret West and currently out for public consultation.

Lendlease signed a development agreement with Haringey for the project earlier this year which will create 2,500 homes, more than 18,580m² of commercial, retail and leisure space as well as a new public square and park.

The High Road West scheme is being delivered through a different model to Haringey and Lendlease’s controversial £2 billion Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), which was scrapped by the local authority’s new cabinet in July.

At High Road West, Lendlease is acquiring the land itself rather than transferring it into a jointly owned enterprise.

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, for the High Road West scheme to be developed, the land will need to be acquired from Spurs by the preferred bidder via a compulsory purchase order (CPO) which would need to be negotiated with the football club.

Lendlease's rival plans for the site by Studio Egret West

Lendlease’s rival plans for the site by Studio Egret West

Lendlease’s rival plans for the site by Studio Egret West

A spokesperson for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club said it was important that development for the site was brought forward without delay to build on the ‘positive effect’ its new stadium development on the area.

’Our plans for the Goods Yard site, which is owned by the Club, would deliver up to 330 new homes, including 40% affordable housing, with new employment, retail and leisure spaces at the ground floor and are in line with the adopted Area Action Plan for the area.’

A spokesperson for the planning inspectorate confirmed an appeal had been launched and it was currently setting a date for an inquiry into the application.

Haringey Council declined to comment.

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